Prom season kicks off in style

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DOZENS of school pals made a classic arrival at their special night last night as the prom season kicked off in fine fashion.

Scores of students at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, celebrated leaving school with a glitzy evening at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield.

The teenagers swapped the classroom for the ballroom as the boys pulled on their best suits and the girls stole the show with a selection of glamorous dresses.

One group of friends even arrived at the prom in an old Hartlepool Corporation Bus.

Amy Cowan, 16, was a member of the school’s committee for organising the prom and also took it upon herself to order the bus for her and around 30 friends.

Amy, who lives in Marine Drive, on the Headland, said: “We have been organising the prom for months, deciding a theme and how the room should be decorated.

“We thought the bus was a good way of getting to the prom, and it meant loads of us could all go together.

“It was a night we will all remember forever.”

Amy’s friend, Harrison Smith, 16, who lives on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert Estate, added: “Going on the bus is something different.

“It’s a special night because it’s probably the last time we will be together as one big group.”

There was certainly a variety in choice of transport for students to arrive at the prom last night.

Rebecca Appleton and her cousin, William Kemp, turned up dressed to the nines – in a tractor.

ENGLISH Martyrs’ prom event was the first of many for students across Hartlepool and east Durham – and the Hartlepool Mail and Peterlee Star will be covering every one of them.

You can order copies of pictures in today’s Mail by telephoning our photosales department on (01429) 239408 or by visiting photo orders.

Please make a note of any photographic reference numbers printed (eg, Martyrs01).

Watch out too for details of our bumper proms supplements with dozens more pictures.

Photos from Hartlepool schools will appear in the Mail with East Durham proms appearing in the newly relaunched Peterlee Star.

These supplements will be published once the proms season ends in the middle of July.